The Evolution Of Sesame’s Julia
March 20, 2017
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March 20, 2017
As many of you know I started this blog in 2011 and for a long time I was anonymous.
I came out in September of 2015 in a post called “My Name is Frank. I am Autism Daddy. I work at Sesame Street” In that post I explained that I work at Sesame Street and revealed my true identity because I wanted to promote Sesame Street’s autism initiative which I worked on.
Then on October 21, 2015, on the day of our launch I wrote a post called “Sesame Street & Autism -My 2 Worlds Collide in an Amazing Way” where I explained more about Sesame’s autism initiative and walked you through all the different resources and videos that were available.A day later, on I posted this on my Autism Daddy Facebook page, and I felt it was important for me to re-post and say again
Today I’m going to continue to focus on Sesame Street’s autism campaign #seeamazing that I am proud to say that I had a SMALL hand in developing.
Because I have this amazing Autism Daddy platform with 124k followers I wrote that blog post yesterday to use my pulpit to help promote the crap out of the initiative. And the feedback from y’all has been overwhelmingly positive.
However, I’ve seen some comments and shares that make it seem like I was the one leading & spearheading this whole autism initiative. And nothing could be farther from the truth.
Small is the key word above folks… I had a small hand in it. The hard work & research that went into this initiative dates back 3 years.
And along the way between the tons of folks here at Sesame Workshop from all different departments, to the puppeteers, and writers & composers, and web designers, and artists, and animators, and the amazing filmmakers we hired, and all the kids and families that we featured there were literally HUNDREDS of people who worked on this initiative and played an important role in shaping it.
I worked mainly on the video production side of things, and would give my opinion and feedback as an autism dad on other elements when asked. So I am humbly here to say that I am just a small cog in the wheel.
A small cog that has an audience of 124k people, but still a small cog…:)
So thanks for all the thanks! I will take them all in, and then try to pass them on to the appropriate people…
Ok, so then in March of 2016, I wrote another post called “Sesame Street & Autism: 13 New Videos & an Emmy Nomination” when Sesame premiered some more autism content.
And that brings us to today. Well yesterday actually. Yesterday “60 Minutes” ran a story about Sesame Street and revealed the big news that we employees have been keeping a secret for 10+ months: that the autistic muppet character we introduced in October of 2015 was made into a physical muppet and would be joining the cast next month!!
You see, Julia was introduced to the world back then only as an online digital storybook called “We’re Amazing 123”.
That Julia episode will air simultaneously on PBS & HBO on April 10th.You can also view it here!!
So that’s it in a nutshell. That’s the evolution of the Julia character. You can see all of the autism content, the new stuff and the stuff from last year at www.sesamestreet.org/autismAs for the Julia muppet, you, the autism community, the autism moms and dads, were a HUGE reason why she graduated from a storybook character to an actual muppet on the show!
Written byFrank Campagna
I’m a 48 year old neurotypical dad with a 14 year old son with severe, non-verbal autism & epilepsy. I created this blog to rant about autism & epilepsy while celebrating my son who I affectionately call “the king” :-).